Tough and Talented Hong Kong Racer
First son of War Front in Queensland
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Making his debut in Australia following three seasons at Highview Stud in New Zealand is Sweet Orange, a top class Group I winner in Hong Kong by one of the world’s best sires in War Front.
A stakes-winner in Ireland at two over seven furlongs, Sweet Orange proved a tough and talented performer when transferred to Hong Kong winning the Hong Kong Classic Mile and placing in a further three Group I events including the Audemars Piguet Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Hong Kong Derby.
By champion sire War Front, who has the exceptional statistic of 14.5 % stakes-winners to runners and is the sire of 56 stakes-winners worldwide including the 2015 European Champion 2YO Air Force Blue, who will shuttle to Coolmore Australia in the Hunter Valley this year.
- Top class competitor in the high pressure environment of Hong Kong racing.
- The first son of War Front to stand in Queensland.
- Full brother to last year’s brilliant Irish Group III winning 2YO Intelligence Cross, a fine fourth in the Group I Newmarket Middle Park Stakes.
- New Zealand bred progeny have impressed with their good bone and muscle and athleticism.
|Sweet Orange||WAR FRONT (USA)||Danzig||Northern Dancer||Nearctic|
|Pas de Nom||Admiral’s Voyage|
|GOOD VIBES (USA)||Unbridled’s Song||Unbridled||Fappiano|
|Rose Jade||Jade Hunter||Mr Prospector|
UNBRIDLED’S SONG Joint Head of The 1995 USA 2YO Free H. 5 wins-2 at 2-from 6f to 9f, US$1,311,800, Breeders’ Cup Juvenile S., Gr.1, Gulfstream Florida Derby, Gr.1, Aqueduct Wood Memorial S., Gr.2, Gulfstream Olympic H., L, 2d Belmont Peter Pan S., Gr.2, Gulfstream Hutcheson S., Gr.2, Fountain of Youth S., Gr.2. Champion Broodmare Sire in Korea in 2014. Sire of winners of over $134 million – 107 stakes winners, inc. UNRIVALED BELLE, UNBRIDLED ELAINE, CROSS TRAFFIC,MIDSHIPMAN, POLITICAL FORCE, SONGANDAPRAYER, EMCEE, FIRST DEFENCE, BUDDHA, MARYLEBONE, etc. Maternal sire of winners of over $105 million – 87 stakes winners, inc. THE LUMBER GUY, TOHO JACKAL, J. B.’S THUNDER, MRS ONASSIS, CARPE DIEM, ONCE WERE WILD, ROLLING FOG, GENERAL QUARTERS, DANON PLATINA, UNBRIDLED COMMAND.
Sweet Orange (Warning Flag) raced in Ireland as a two-year-old recording two wins from four starts including a victory in a Listed race and a second in a Group 3, both over 1,200m.
Sold to Hong Kong, Sweet Orange won over 1,400m in his three-year-old year, but it was as a four-year-old that he came into his own, having had time to acclimatise to Asian racing. In that season, he competed right at the top of Hong Kong racing – his performances included:
- A Grp1 victory in the Hong Kong Classic Mile over 1,600m;
- A Grp1 second (by a nose) in the Hong Kong Classic Cup over 1,800m;
- A Grp 1 third when hot favourite (beaten a neck/neck) in the Hong Kong Derby over 2,000m;
- A Grp1 third in the QEII Cup over 2,000m.
His record shows once accustomed to racing in Asia, he was an elite performer; an adaptability he will likely pass to his progeny, which will make them attractive to the increasingly influential Asian buying benches at the key local bloodstock sales.